International Yoga Day – June 21, 2015
When PM Modi ji visited Canada on April 15th , he talked about the change in “Jann ka Mann”. He talked about how positive thinking , hard work and returning to being a Karma yogi was the way forward for India and the world. He talked about a few initiatives that were close to his heart and Yoga was definitely one of them.
June 21 2015 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly .The declaration came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Day of Yoga by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated: “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”
Of the 193 members of the UN that were present for the address, a whopping 170 of them came on aboard this movement and passed the resolution, paving the way for first ever event of this kind.
The chosen Date- June 21st 2015 has special significance as well. It marks the day of summer solstice (the longest day of the year in northern hemisphere ) and the transition to Dakshinayana. This is the time according to Hindu calendar where there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practises. According to Yogic lore, The full moon following the solstice or Guru Purnima was the day when first transmission of Yoga happened from the eternal Yogi , Shiva himself.
In celebration of the International Yoga day , communities, yogis , health professionals , gurus and Indians and non Indians are organizing yoga events worldwide. PM Modi himself will be leading an event with 45000 people at Rajpath in Delhi on the same day.
In Toronto also, yoga sessions will be held free of charge to commemorate the event . The sessions are scheduled to be held between 9 am to 2pm at Mississauga Celebration Square along with other cultural activities . For more information regarding the event and its sponsors the flyer is attached. Let us all participate together to make this event a grand success. Hope to see you all there. Om Namo Shivay.